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The Gordian Knot: Moral Debate and Nuclear Weapons

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  16 September 2013


We have the power of choice over nuclear weapons. But we do not feel our power. Instead, we feel their power. They are larger than life. They loom over us, seemingly beyond our control, shrouded in myth and dark mystery. Because of their power and our feeling that nuclear weapons are unique, we believe that these weapons require a special set of moral rules, specially tuned to the separate world where nuclear weapons dwell.

Roundtable: Nonproliferation in the 21st Century
Copyright © Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs 2013 

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